‘Rich’ counties set for additional cash
SEE ALSO :Sonko reinstates sacked executives“Of special concern is the need to allocate resources for the development of slum areas in major urban centres. Issues such as piped water, provision of sanitation, solid waste management and drainage are services which counties in these areas need additional assistance.” Dr Kiringai said the commission is currently working on a report aimed at building consensus to support additional funding for the urban areas. The current basis for revenue sharing among the 47 counties was enacted in the 2016/2017 financial year and is set to expire at the end of the current financial year. Under the current formula, population carries a 45 per cent weight when computing counties’ allocation from the national government, while an 18 per cent and an eight per cent weight are put on poverty and land area respectively. In the 2018/2019 financial year, Nairobi, Kilifi, Turkana, Mandera and Kakamega ranked in the top five, receiving Sh15.7 billion, Sh10.8 billion, Sh10.7 billion, Sh10.3 billion and Sh10.1 billion respectively in disbursement from the National Treasury.
SEE ALSO :'No one has died due to hunger'Local revenue CRA has previously proposed to reward counties that make an effort to increase their locally generated revenues. The funds are divided based on the amount of money collected per the population in the county. counties are supposed to generate revenue from property rates, parking fees, licences, rent, water and sewerage fees, entertainment taxes and service. Nonetheless, effective revenue collection has been a challenge of most county governments.
SEE ALSO :Sh720m given for Nyandarua water, roadsIn the last financial year, locally collected revenue in counties fell by more than 25 per cent. Among the 23 counties that were rewarded for improving their collection in 2015 are Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi and Laikipia, Narok and Trans Nzoia.
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